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World Baylor University Enacts Strict COVID Testing Rules as First Student Dies of Virus

08:06  22 january  2021
08:06  22 january  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

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Students who miss two tests will be prohibited from attending university activities such as sporting events and access to the student center. If three tests are missed, students will be prohibited from accessing Baylor 's Wi-Fi for the rest of the semester. According to Baylor 's website, students that

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Baylor University, a private college located in Texas, enacted a set of stringent COVID-19 testing requirements on Tuesday. Meanwhile, a Baylor grad student died on Sunday as a result of COVID-19.

Students at Baylor University in Texas will be required to take weekly COVID-19 tests, according to school officials. © iStock/Getty Students at Baylor University in Texas will be required to take weekly COVID-19 tests, according to school officials.

Medical resources in Texas have been stretched thin by a recent wave of COVID-19 cases. On Thursday, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) reported 1,917,513 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 33,285 fatalities attributable to the virus. The prevalence of coronavirus on Baylor's campus during the fall 2020 semester caused many activities to be canceled.

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COVID -19 testing for students . Restrictions include academic conferences and student organization travel sponsored by Baylor University . Any mission-critical exceptions must be approved in advance by the appropriate business unit Vice President.

Baylor 's nationally ranked graduate and professional education programs equip students to bring inquiry and innovation, informed by a Christian perspective, to bear on real-world concerns as they pursue their call to lead in academia, the boardroom, the medical profession, the lab, and the studio.

On Monday, Baylor began requiring all of its students to be tested for COVID-19 on a weekly basis.

"By stepping up and complying with our weekly COVID-19 tests, said Baylor University President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D. in a Wednesday video aimed toward students, "you will give our leadership team a very accurate picture of the prevalence of infections on our campus."

Students who miss two tests will be prohibited from attending university activities such as sporting events and access to the student center. If three tests are missed, students will be prohibited from accessing Baylor's Wi-Fi for the rest of the semester. According to Baylor's website, students that miss 4 weekly tests could face disciplinary action "up to and including suspension."

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*** Baylor University and Baylor 's Panhellenic community will require that individuals remain at their permanent residences until Campus Living and Learning opens halls for all student move-in on January 14th. However, we do understand that individual circumstances could justify an exception to this

Positive tests among students have more than doubled since the university unveiled its COVID -19 Baylor Garland, left, arrives to move in for his freshman year, assisted by his father Alan, right More than 20,000 students returned to campus for the first time since spring break with numerous school

Testing results at Baylor could be available within 24 hours, thanks to a multi-million dollar lab opened on at Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative center in collaboration with My Labs Direct. The facility can process as many as 8,000 tests per day.

Newsweek reached out to Baylor University for further comment.

Cases of COVID-19 first appeared on Baylor's campus in September 2020 after students arrived at the beginning of the fall semester. Confirmed cases on two floors of the Martin Hall dormitory caused school officials to require over 100 students to shelter in place and not leave their floors for approximately one week.

Baylor's homecoming football game against Oklahoma State in October 2020 was postponed due to coronavirus concerns, although some homecoming events still took place either virtually or in "various locations."

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Baylor lost the first member of its student body to coronavirus on Sunday with the death of 21-year-old graduate student Alicia Martinez. Martinez had been studying social work at the time of her death.

"Alicia was one of Baylor's bright lights, glorifying God through her dedication to helping others through the social work profession," wrote Livingstone in an email to Baylor students on Sunday.

According to the Baylor Lariat, how Martinez contracted the virus is currently unknown.

On a statewide basis, COVID-19 is taking a toll on Texas medical services. In a Wednesday tweet, the Texas DSHS said fatalities were still on the rise and that hospitals "can't take much more."

"In the last 7 days #Texas averaged: 17,360 new cases a day," the Texas DSHS continued, adding that there were "13,903 current hospitalizations" and "317 new fatalities reported a day."

Although Texas has received over 1 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, Governor Greg Abbott told reporters on Tuesday there was "an inadequate supply of vaccinations, and that supply of vaccinations comes only from the federal government."

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